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Russia vs. South Korea: Live Player Ratings

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 19: Son Heung-Min of South Korea in action during the International friendly match between South Korea and Russia at the Zabeel Staduim on November 19, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Russia and Korea Republic fought out a draw in Group H of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, the last two teams to begin their adventure in Brazil.

At the break it was 0-0 between the two sides, with few opportunities being carved out at either end. Son Heung-Min missed the best chance for Korea, while Sergei Ignashevich's long-range free kick was as close as Russia have come.

Goalkeeping errors blighted the second 45 minutes and led to the two goals, as the match finished 1-1.

Russia Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Akinfeev64
Eshchenko65
Ignashevich77
Berezutski67
Kombarov67
Glushakov65
Faizulin77
Shatov76
Samedov76
Zhirkov55
Kokorin66
Dzagoevn/a7
Kerzhakovn/a7
Denisovn/a6
b/r

Russia half time analysis

Akinfeev: Has had nothing to do at all.

Eshchenko: Hasn't gotten forward quickly enough to provide any overlapping threat.

Ignashevich: Solid at the back and a thunderous free kick.

Berezutski: Troubled when players run straight at him.

Kombarov: Delivery disappointing from set plays. Not as attack-minded as usual.

Glushakov: Neat, controlled, unambitious.

Fayzulin: Needs to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Should make runs from deep.

Samedov: Has been in one or two promising positions but little exciting link play.

Shatov: In and out of the game but probably Russia's biggest threat with his movement.

Zhirkov: An onlooker. Wasted a good chance.

Kokorin: No service, little running, no chances.

 

Russia full time analysis

Akinfeev: Spilled two routine shots and got lucky with the rebounds—before paying the highest price of all at the third time of asking.

Eshchenko: Was too easily beaten at times down the channel.

Ignashevich: Largely untroubled but too slow with his passing into midfield.

Berezutski: Similar to his partner, one should have been more pro-active.

Kombarov: Came to life at times after the break, one long-range shot.

Glushakov: Not his best game, subbed.

Fayzulin: Didn't really create enough from deep but passed the ball about nicely.

Samedov: Not enough from a key attacker in the end.

Shatov: Replaced before the hour.

Zhirkov: Poor throughout and replaced.

Kokorin: Had half-chances, worked hard, more required.

Dzagoev: Helped raise the tempo and carried the ball well.

Kerzhakov: Super-sub with his goal.

Denisov: Should really be in the side from the start.

 

Korea Republic Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Jung Sung-Ryong75
Lee Yong66
Kim Young-Gwon66
Hong Jeong-Ho77
Yun Suk-Young66
Han Kook-Young65
Ki Sung-Yueng78
Koo Ja-Cheol78
Lee Chung-Yong66
Son Heung-Min55
Park Chu-Young55
Lee Keun-Hon/a7
Hwan Seok-Hon/a6
Kim Bo-Kyungn/a6
b/r

Korea Republic half time analysis

Jung SR: Made one good save but untroubled in the main.

Lee Y: Solid if unspectacular.

Hong JH: Has marked Kokorin well.

Kim YG: One error in clearing but untroubled otherwise.

Yun SY: Hasn't really supported going forward. Beaten on the outside twice.

Ki SY: Nice in possession but not aggressive or creative enough.

Han KY: The more aggressive of the midfield duo. Some nice touches.

Lee CY: Linked play nicely once or twice. Not involved enough.

Koo JC: Korea's most impressive performer so far, trying to make things happen.

Son HM: Wasted the best chance, booked and generally things aren't coming off for him yet.

Park CY: No service or time on the ball.

 

Korea Republic full time analysis

Jung SR: Howler for the equaliser. Dodgy at times throughout.

Lee Y: Did well defensively.

Hong JH: Played well and closed down opponents, subbed later on.

Kim YG: Hit a good free kick and nice in possession, could have been more aggressive defensively.

Yun SY: Steady but lost his man cutting infield.

Ki SY: One of the better players in possession.

Han KY: Didn't offer much second half, subbed.

Lee CY: Faded second half.

Koo JC: Korea's best player but drifted out the game when Russia took over.

Son HM: Exciting to watch and good movement but no end product.

Park CY: Subbed early on.

Lee KH: Speculative effort rewarded with a goal.

Hwang SH: Shored things up defensively.

Kim BK: No time.

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